6 Ways Anyone Can Decorate A Halloween Dessert

Lately, I’ve been battling migraines.  I don’t know why all of a sudden I’m getting them, after not having them for awhile.   So I’ve got recipes lined up, I can’t wait to share but for today I’m still under the weather, I decided I would share different ways I found online on how to decorate Halloween treats, that anyone can do.
Decorating can be lots of fun, which is something I love doing.  Not everyone has amazing decorating skills, so I wanted to share with you different ways you can have great looking desserts with minimal efforts.  Showing you that even a novice can create amazing looking treats.  Below are 6 Ways Anyone Can Decorate A Halloween Dessert:

1. Using Oreos and M & M’s as eyeballs all over @ Monster Eye Cake

Super easy Monster Eye Cake for Halloween | by Carrie Sellman for TheCakeBlog.com

2. Using candies to create a scene @ Linus Great Graham Pumpkin Patch

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3.  googly eyes make everything better @ The Idea Room
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4.  play with your food @ Fork & Beans
Silly Apple Bites

5. fruit roll ups are a must needed supply @ Betty Crocker
Fruit Roll-Ups™ Jack-o'-Lanterns on a Stick

6. healthy is just as sweet @ Frugal Coupon Living
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**all images are taken from the site I got the idea from.**

What are your favorite ways to eat your Halloween treats?

 

3 Ingredient Apple Spice Snack Cake

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Having apple cravings for this time of the year is great, because it’s one of the things we have an abundance of.   After work today, I finally had to time to make a delicious snack cake that I’ve been meaning to make, my 3 Ingredient Apple Spice Snack Cake.  This cake is as delicious as it sounds and only take minutes to make.  Plus it smells up your whole house with the fantastic fall aromas.  As my boy opened the door, the smell hit him and he was so excited to find out what made the awesome smell.  It’s a recipe to keep on days you want some fall comfort with little efforts.  It’s my go to for a snack cake or a crumb it up as an apple spice crisp & serve it with ice cream.  Either way, your family will thank you by gobbling it all up.

3 Ingredient Apple Spice Snack Cake
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Ingredients:
*4-5 apples sliced (depending on the size of pan used.)
*1 pumpkin spice cake mix
*3/4c butter melted (1/2c left dry spots that didn’t cook so I add a little more butter and it works out well.)

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350.  Grease bottom of pan.
*Place apples on the bottom of pan, cover completely with sliced apples.
*Sprinkle cake mix over apples covering completely.  I used a smaller cake pan the 2nd time around so the cake was a little thicker.
*Spread the melted butter over the cake mix covering as much area as you can.  Any dry areas should cook when apples release their juices.  If not the last 5 minutes of cooking pull cake out add a tiny bit of water and cook for 5 minutes.
*Place pan in oven and cook for 45-50 minutes depending on your oven & pan.
*Take out and let cool for 15 minutes or so.
*Then slice & enjoy.   Or crumbling up and serve it with ice cream.

What a favorite apple treat/dessert in your house?

Easy Apple-Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Looking around the house this morning, I was trying to come up with a recipe that was easy to make, had everything on hand,  & had minimal prep & cook time.  When I found a can of pumpkin, an apple, & a package of crescent rolls I knew cinnamon rolls were in our near future.
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These are great on cooler days, since they fill up your house with cinnamon goodness with a hint of apple & pumpkin.   Good old fall smells, gotta love it.  You can’t have fall recipes without apples & pumpkin.
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These were made  after our girl scout meeting.  I was tired  so having an easy treat was great.  If you don’t know by now, I’m an easy gal who likes simple rustic recipes, which is what most of my recipes are.  No 20 ingredient recipe that takes hours to make.  Simpler the better for this lady.

Easy Apple-Pumpkin Mini Cinnamon Rolls
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Ingredients:
*1 pkg. crescent roll
*1/2 apple diced
*1/2 can of pumpkin
*1 tsp cinnamon
*sugar (just a sprinkle)

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350.
*Roll out crescent roll sheet, keep the rolls attached making it one big sheet instead of individual crescents.  Make sure once you open the entire sheet you connect the dots so nothing leaks out.  This will take a few mins to do.
*Spread out the pumpkin in a an even layer across entire sheet.
*Spread out the apples all the way down the sheet but don’t over stuff them.
*Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar (if desired)
*Roll up the sheet, into 1 big roll.
*Cut rolls whatever size you desire.
*Place on cookie sheet and cook 10-12 mins.
*Take out & let cool for 15 mins.  Then they are ready to eat.
~Enjoy~

Do you have a favorite cinnamon roll flavor?  What other variations would you make?

Rustic Pumpkin Pie W/ Coconut Cream Topping

One of the biggest & best things I love doing in fall is eating all the delicious foods. I can’t seem to get enough, hence why I decided to this as my 31 day series. This year I’ve changed how I eat and I would like to continue with eating healthier food. But there will be days, that this won’t apply to. My month of recipes with be a mix, old & new, healthy & not, unique & common (with a twist of course), home made or semi etc.

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This image isn’t good, I didn’t have much time to take one tonight. Don’t judge this recipe by the image.

Today’s recipe is one that I have been meaning to make but never got around to it.  Well today is the day.  I loved the pie but only half the kiddos like it since it wasn’t sweet.  They were expecting something with lot of sugar in it like blueberry pie.   I love the taste of this pie but if you’re looking for something a little sweeter either use sweetened coconut or add a little bit of sugar.  But if your like me who love pumpkin and coconut but not a huge sugar fan, you’ll love this recipe.  Another great thing about this recipe, was the crust I used.  I loved how the granola tasted with the coconut and pumpkin.  Such a great combo!

Rustic Pumpkin Pie W/ Coconut Cream Topping
adapted from: Cynthia Presser
serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of puree pumpkin
  • 1 premade crust ( I used a granola one)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (7 oz) unsweetened coconut

Directions:

  • In a food processor add the pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, & half of the milk.  Mix well.
  • Pour pumpkin mix into pie crust and spread out.  It will fill most of the crust so don’t worry.
  • Mix the remaining milk with the coconut.  Mix well.
  • Pour over pumpkin mix in the crust and spread out.
  • Bake @ 350 for 20-30 mins
  • Take out of oven let cool for 15 mins.  Then transfer to fridge to let cool for a hr or two.
  • Slice when ready to eat.

~Enjoy~

31 days series Intro: Eating My Way Through Fall

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Tomorrow is October 1st, which means that the 31 days series will begin.  This event is a popular blogging event that over a thousand bloggers take part in.  This year, I’m excited to be joining the crew of wonderful blogging working our way through our chosen theme.  I thought awhile about the different topics I could do and finally came up with a fun topic.  My theme for this event is “Eating My Way Through Fall”.
Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love cooler nights, warm comfort food, sitting around the fire, delicious desserts…….. Since food is a big part of our lives and fall, what better way to celebrate than than eating, exploring different textures, flavors, &  combinations.  Starting tomorrow, I will be adding a new delicious recipe for you guys to try.  Join me every day for the next 31 days to see what  new recipes I have for you….some new….some old,….some unique….but all delicious.  Be sure to follow along with my blog by bookmarking this page or signing up for email updates.

31 days series thumbtackAre you doing your own 31 days series?  What’s your theme?  Leave me a comment so I can follow along.  Any suggestions on what types of recipes you would like to see?  


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Frugal Foodie Pt.1

With Christmas around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to start my Frugal Foodie 3 part posts.  The original post is really long, so I divided it into 3 posts to make it more reader friendly.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you the following day.

A little while back, I was asked from a non-profit in town to teach a workshop about how people can eat healthy on any budget.  They knew I was the Queen of Frugalness.  What I didn’t know when I agreed, was that I would have to make up the entire 3hr. workshop.  This is the 1st time that I ever taught anything, I never speak in front of anyone because I hate it, and I have a hard time focusing on one idea.  My mind runs away with hundreds of ideas each day.  But I did it, and did it with great success.  The place loved what I did so much, they asked if I would run a 5 wk. group doing the same thing, except this time I extended the topic to include numerous ways to be frugal and live below your means, and having fun with it.  I made up the entire program myself and again had great success.  That’s when I thought, why not do an online version of my group, in hopes of reaching a lot more people, helping and encouraging one another, and learning new things together.  If anyone out there is interested please let me know.

Frugal Foodies is about creatively living within your means, with frugal tips, ideas, projects etc.  I want to give you fresh ideas, explore common ideas deeper, tools to help you with your frugal journey, and additional resources for when you need it.

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Frugal Foodie: Shop Smart, Eat Well

Intro:

What is eating well/healthy eating mean?

Ask people: What does healthy eating mean to you?  What’s your definition?  Then go on to the definitions below.

Eating well means:

For some people, eating well means opting for local ingredients over anything flown in from thousands of miles away; for others, it means eating only unprocessed foods, including lard and raw milk. http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/what-does-eating-well-really-mean

Healthy eating means:

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/nutrition/healthyeat

Healthy eating consists of consuming the types and quantities of foods that offer an ideal balance between nutrition and energy to support childhood growth as well as adult metabolism. This involves choosing foods with more of the health-promoting vitamins and minerals and less of the detrimental fats, cholesterol, sugar and sodium. Achieving healthy eating habits is as simple as defining them, as all you must do is fulfilling your body’s needs at your stage of life.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/396464-definition-of-healthy-eating/#ixzz2O1DjDOXx

Growing up, most of us learned about foods and what to eat or what not to eat according to the USDA.  The pyramid is no longer widely used, instead more and more professionals as well as everyday people are using a new diagram called: the Healthy Eating Plate.  Below I am comparing the old pyramids to the new plate for you to see the differences.

As you can see the set-up is completely different than what most of used are used to.  Things are changed around which makes a completely new chart.  No longer are they recommending 6-11 servings of grains, breads, cereal, or rice instead they are recommending to eat brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole wheat grains.  Instead of recommending 2-3 servings of dairy, now they are recommending to cut out down to 1-2 servings a day, if any.  Instead of using oils sparingly, now they are recommending to use healthy oils more but to limit butter intake.  That we shouldn’t use margarine instead use real butter, which is healthier for us.  And the last big change is meats (proteins) went from 2-3 servings to the most intake on the plate design recommending limiting red meat to a few servings a week but eating more chicken and seafood.  What do you think of the new food charts?  Which one do you feel is healthier?  Why?

Briefly talk about diets:

Before you can start to save on your groceries, you need to figure out which diet or which kinds of food you want to feed your family.  Whether it’s traditional, whole foods, low fat, Paleo, gluten free and/or dairy free, vegetarian, or a combo of a few, you need to identify your diet or the diet you feel is best for your family.  This needs to be done before you can go any further.  Otherwise, meal planning can come difficult, and when things get difficult, people tend to fall back on old habits (junk food).  Once you figure out what your diet plan is, you can begin to learn different ways that you can save you time and money.  As well as eating healthier foods with your budget.

Today’s Topic: eating healthier on any budget/saving money on your grocery bill

*NOTE-Before we get started I wanted to say that any tip or suggestion that I will be sharing can be used on any budget along with all the different types you can pay for your food.  It doesn’t matter if you are using cash, food stamps, credit cards, or anything else.   The tips are universal, they will work with it all.*

What is a reasonable food budget?

Everyone’s idea of a reasonable budget is different.  In this room, if we ask around, not one person would have the exact same answer.  The State of NH says that for a family of 4 a thrifty plan is $554.40, a low-cost plan is $706.40, a moderate plan is $873.00, & a liberal plan is $1080.30 per month.  I personally, was shocked at how high their numbers were.  Think about you budget and where you are compared to the figures above.  For example, for my family of 7 we are just above the thrifty plan, which is $640 for a 4 week month.  When I tell other what we spend, usually people can’t believe what I spend and how many people it feeds, especially having 2 teens in the house.  And my budget of $640 isn’t just for food, it’s my weekly gas money as well as any beauty care or anything else money needed during the week.  We aren’t uncomfortable; we actually eat very well, a lot healthier than before because we had to cut out any processed foods due to my health.  This has been a real eye opener for us.  There are so many myths about eating healthy, organic, gluten free that I have thought and found which stands in the way of the real truth about eating healthy.  A few myths are: eating healthy is too expensive, which only the rich or people well off can afford.  That’s not true.  Another one is: it is too time consuming to shop at more than one store and my store in town doesn’t offer much of what I am looking for.  That’s untrue.  And my last one is: there are no coupons or sales for healthy foods.  Like the other two, that isn’t true.

to be continued……..

True Friend

Today’s post is short and sweet since I am still not feeling well.

Never underestimate the power of a true friend.  During my road to recovery & my weight loss journey, my true friends have been one of the greatest blessings for me. They are my muscles when I am weak.  They are my motivation when I’ve lost mine.  Within each of us, lies the power to heal or to hurt, to make or break, to be true or to be fake.  Remember the old saying, ” you are who you surround yourself with.”  What kind of friend are you?  What kind of people do you surround yourself with?